VR (the Store and Office Workers’ Union) was founded in 1891 by wage earners and employers in the commercial area as Verzlunarmannafélag Reykjavíkur and became a pure union of wage earners on the 28th of February 1955. The union’s name was changed to VR at the annual general meeting on the 26th of April 2006.
The purpose of the union is to work on improved terms and increased rights of its members.
The president of VR is Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson.
Membership fee and membership
The VR membership fee is 0,7% of total wages. Employers pay a matching grant to the union. Membership fee is collected by LV – the Pension Fund of Commerce.
What does VR do for you?
VR membership fees are 0.7% of your salary. Everyone who has paid a membership fee for one month is entitled to assistance from the Department of Wage Terms and sickness benefits.
Shop stewards are contact persons between VR and the employer for the benefit of employees. The role of the shop steward is to be available to their colleagues, smooth communications with employers, communicate information and monitor that contracts are upheld in the workplace and that laws on the rights of employees are not violated. The role of the shop steward is to know ways to resolve disputes, present changes and innovations and encourage members to seek information. All members have easy access to information on their rights on the website vr.is and at VR’s service centre. Through active participation, the shop steward can have a considerable influence on the development of the company and its operation.
About the Board of Directors
The Union's Articles of Association provides for the membership of the Board of Directors and their election. The President is elected on a personal basis every other year as are seven board members.
About the Shop Stewards Committee
The role of the Shop Stewards Committee is defined in the Union’s Articles of Association. The Shop Stewards Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on any major issues that may arise in the operation of the Union. The Shop Stewards Committee consists, in addition to the Board, of 82 members or a total of 100 members. VR’s Chairman is also the Chairman of the Shop Stewards Committee.
There are three subdivisions within VR, in east Iceland, south Iceland and in Vestmannaeyjar. The role of a subdivision includes involvement in the common interests of employees within sectors, encouraging their education and addressing employment terms issues.
VR members are domiciled in the following jurisdictions:
- Húnathing vestra,
- the entire east coast of Iceland
- and Akranes and its environs.